3.16.2011

Lampshade { a very unpleasant one } Restyle

If you know me, you know that I've never met a milk glass lamp I didn't like.  
I can't resist them and they are usually pretty inexpensive. 
Needless to say I've got a "small" collection {minus the lampshades}

  

You also know that I usually leave used lampshades behind if they are in bad shape.  
Never again people!
  

I recently found some old Martha Stewart Living magazines and came across this project where  
she used yarn to restyle old lamp shade frames.  
I wasn't so sure I wanted to use yarn but definitely liked the concept. 

At last weeks estate sale where I purchased the owl lamp I also grabbed four spindles of 
pearl color beaded trim.  
Each spindle is 33 yards and I got them for $2. 
Score!

So I picked up a lampshade at Goodwill for $.99.
The texture of the material skeeved me out 
but I was going to rip it off anyway so didn't think too much about it.

Then I got home and started tearing it off.
It was the color of skin and it was soft, leather-y, plastic.  
All I could think of was 
"it puts the lotion on the skin
{if you don't know what I mean Google it, I don't want to talk about it anymore}
ewwwww!

So I ripped it off as fast as I could and threw it away.  
I put it in my office trash can but then thought one of the dogs would get it and I would just about have a heart attack if I saw that skin hanging out of their mouth so took it to the outside trash.

I went to work, hot gluing one end and started wrapping.  
The key is to wrap an extra time around the bottom circle of the lampshade to make up for the smaller circle on top.  Otherwise, you will be off kilter after about 3 inches.

So here it is!  Now I just need to find a place for it, hopefully not back in the closet.



 


22 comments:

Debra@Dejarenew.blogspot.com said...

Love the idea of the pearls! They look great with the milkglass. I bet it is all sort of pretty turned on! Great job!

Deb
http://dejarenew.blogspot.com

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it looks beautiful! what a unique and pretty idea!

jandjhome said...

Such a creative idea. Very girly.

jandjhome said...

Such a creative idea. Very girly.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Jenn I really love this! I also have a thing for milkglass and this is a perfect companion to it!

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

Gorgeous! I was looking at some "what looked like milk glass yesterday, how can I tell if it is really milk glass or something else? Newest follower btw.

Vicki said...

Great idea! I LOVE IT!!

Vicki

Jenn ~ Flea With Me said...

@Bella - Hi! I'm not a glass expert by any means but I believe you can tell true milk glass by holding it up to the light - if you can see a light pink or light blue iridescence to it, you have a piece of real milk glass. White glass will not do this. BUT I believe the term is used loosely by most people when talking about white glass. Hope that helps!

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

Thanks that helps a lot.

nickys nook said...

so pretty i love the pearls that make everything pretty

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love this and I love the way you write, so I am your 46th follower. Hope you will drop by for a visit.

Carol

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The beads are really gorgeous! It looks like an expensive lamp now! I have an old lamp that has a similar base...hhhmmmm! Great job! ♥

Susan said...

I have put pearls on everything, but never thought of the lamp shade!! How pretty!

DearHelenHartman said...

Very pretty - fun finding your blog!

A Few Pennies said...

Beautiful lamp!

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Sooo cute! I would have never thought to use beads.It is so pretty with the base.

Ms. Bake-it said...

How clever! Great choice to partner the pearl beads with the milk glass.

~ Tracy

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Great idea - very nice :)

The Vintique Object said...

This is super fun! I'd love to see what it looks like with the light on...

Serendipity Chic Design said...

You totally have me laughing at this post Jenn. Although I will dumpster dive and shop in thrift stores, there is something about used lamp shades that totally sceeve me out! I seriously don't know what it is. I leave them behind all the time too. I will definitely have to think twice now though.....You did an amazing job!

Take care,
Lisa

V @ Valuable Invaluables said...

An elegant little lamp now ...
oh & I immediately remembered the "lotion" line as well ...
That movie still freaks me out !
Creepy Buffalo Bill / Jame Gumm might even still like the pearls to go with his feminine side !

Marisa said...

What a great idea!!!!!!! And you are KILLING me with "it puts the lotion on the skin" I find myself walking around saying that out of nowhere sometimes! Good job!

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